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Wacom Essential Training

with John Derry

Video: Welcome

Learn how to set up and master your Wacom tablet in ways that streamline your work, expand your creative options, and lighten the load on your wrists.
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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Why use a tablet?
      1m 30s
    3. Exercise files
  2. 19m 18s
    1. Intro
    2. Drawing freehand
      2m 37s
    3. Tracing an existing image
      3m 17s
    4. Vector illustration
      4m 11s
    5. Using the tablet as a photo-retouching tool
      4m 28s
    6. Expressing yourself through painting
      4m 1s
  3. 12m 52s
    1. Intro
    2. A short history of the computing input devices
      2m 17s
    3. Understanding relative versus absolute positioning
      1m 47s
    4. Introducing the six axes of motion
      3m 15s
    5. An overview of the Wacom product line
      5m 8s
  4. 13m 52s
    1. Working with the Intuos: Symmetric and asymmetric placement
      2m 11s
    2. Using multi-touch on the Cintiq
      3m 41s
    3. Working with multiple displays
      3m 28s
    4. Going wireless
      4m 32s
  5. 36m 3s
    1. Intro
    2. Using the Wacom property pane
      2m 26s
    3. Setting up the tablet for handedness
      2m 20s
    4. Taking advantage of ExpressKeys
      5m 12s
    5. Utilizing the stylus side switch buttons
      5m 39s
    6. Using Precision mode
      3m 12s
    7. Improving application interaction with the radial menu
      6m 9s
    8. Using the Touch Ring
      5m 30s
    9. Saving multiple settings with the Wacom Tablet Utility
      5m 8s
  6. 17m 7s
    1. Intro
    2. The standard Grip Pen
      3m 40s
    3. The Art Pen
      3m 49s
    4. The Airbrush
      3m 30s
    5. Utilizing the eraser tip
      2m 23s
    6. Nibs: Tires for your stylus
      3m 20s
  7. 13m 0s
    1. An intro to tablet calisthenics
    2. Tablet calisthenics: Beginner exercises
      3m 16s
    3. Tablet calisthenics: Intermediate exercises
      3m 58s
    4. Tablet calisthenics: Advanced exercises
      2m 38s
    5. Tablet calisthenics: Master exercises
      2m 24s
  8. 12m 35s
    1. Setting up the Cintiq
      2m 57s
    2. Positioning the Cintiq for your working style
      2m 7s
    3. Optically aligning the Cintiq
      2m 44s
    4. Color calibrating your Cintiq display
      3m 32s
    5. Utilizing the hardware keys
      1m 15s
  9. 40s
    1. Next steps

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Wacom tablets are a popular alternative to the mouse for painting, drawing, and navigating your computer in a more natural position. In this course, artist and teacher John Derry shows how to get up and running with a variety of Wacom tablets (Intuos, Cintiq, and more), covering everything from setup to stylus selection. He then shows how to speed up your workflow and enhance your command of the drawing surface with ExpressKeys, the Touch Ring, and other controls. Plus, learn about tablet ergonomics—which makes your Wacom even more compatible with your working conditions—and follow a few exercises to warm up your drawing arm.

Topics include:
  • Drawing freehand
  • Tracing existing images
  • Determining the correct tablet size for your work
  • Understanding relative vs. absolute positioning
  • Working with control surfaces like the Touch Ring and control keys
  • Selecting the right stylus
  • Working with the Bamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, and Inkling
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(music playing) Wa is Japanese for harmony, and com is short for communication. So, Wacom stands for harmonious communication. A little mnemonic to remember this is, especially if you're a dog owner, what do you do with your dog everyday? You Wacom. Hi! I'm John Derry and welcome to Wacom Essential Training.

In the world of digital art and design, Wacom pressure-sensitive pen tablets and displays are considered to be the gold standard. For more than 25 years, Wacom has provided the creative community with technology that faithfully captures the artist's expressive gestures and transform them into a visual form that can be shared with others. With the ability to sense all of an artist's wrist, hand, and arm motions, Wacom pens become the means through which an artist, from beginner to professional, can express one's inner feelings and emotions.

In this course, the models we're using are the Intuos5 and The Cintiq 24HD Touch. But many of the techniques that we show on these can be transferred to the other Wacom tablets. I'll be using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, SketchBook Pro, and Corel Painter to demonstrate how these tablets work. We'll discuss which tablet is best for your creations, show you how to set up your tablet and pen for optimal use, as well as instruct you through some eye-hand coordination exercises to help you improve your skill level.

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